Diane Armour Bartels

Profile Updated: July 17, 2014
Residing In: Lincoln, NE USA
Occupation: Teaching
Children: Gary Bartels and I are the parents of Steven Scott (b1967) and Kaye Diane Bartels-Eiland (b1969). Steve More…is part owner of Centrix Solutions, a banking software development company, and Kaye is admissions representative at Southeast Community College. Steve is married to Christine Marie, who is an administrative assistant with the Madonna Rehabilitation Foundation. Kaye’s husband, Christopher Paul, is a gemologist at Sartor Hamann Jewelry. My two oldest grandchildren, Joshua Steven Bartels, and Sydnee Kaye Eiland are nine years old, and my youngest, Izaac Christopher Eiland is six. They are all playing sports this summer so I have my canopy-covered lawn chair ready for the baseball, softball, and T-ball fields. And since I will probably never stray far from my teacher-role, I will make sure they spend some time at the library, too. I am constantly reminded by my contemporaries of how lucky I am to have my family in Lincoln. I am not sure how that all evolved, but it has been a gift for me, as well I hope for them.

For those of you who remember my first family, we were farmers in the hills near Hubbard when I was in high school. I remember how scared I was when I applied for the learner’s permit for the twelve-mile drive into high school. I actually had no problem with the driving test since I had been driving trucks and tractors for years prior. However, my eyesight was a different story! Much to everyone’s surprise, I didn’t pass the eye test! Isn’t it ironic how the things we worry about are often not the ones we end up having to worry about?

My father died a week before I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1964. My mother lived south of Dakota City for several years and then moved out to Colorado Springs. She died in 1995. Both of them as well as several other family members are buried in the beautiful Taylor Cemetery near Homer. Julie, my 1961 SSUX graduate sister, maintains her home in Colorado Springs, working part time as a nurse and playing competitive tennis.
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Upon graduating from high school, I went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I majored in elementary education, though I had originally planned to be a chemistry teacher. I had this crush on Mr. Tippery. He had been a junior high student of my mother, and he told her if he had a daughter, he would want her to be just like me. How influenced I was! But someone in University registration told me I would not have the background from South Sioux City to make it in chemistry, so I switched to elementary education. They wouldn’t/couldn’t say that today, but those were different times!

I had a wonderful time at the University. I joined several collegiate activities and had the opportunity to assume leadership responsibilities. They were opportunities I did not have in high school because I was needed home for farm chores. In my senior year, I was tapped for Mortar Board, served as president of Tassels (pep club which no longer exists), and recognized as Outstanding Senior Woman. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education. That summer Gary Bartels and I were married, and I began my teaching career in the fall with the Lincoln Public Schools. Our marriage ended in 1976.

Although most of my teaching was in 5th & 6th grades, I also spent several years at the middle and senior high school level. I retired early in 2000 with nearly 27 years of service. I loved to teach, but I had “met” Evelyn Sharp, the WWII ferry pilot from Ord, Nebraska. I wrote her biography: Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp – Nebraska’s Aviatrix and began sharing her commitment to perseverance and patriotism with others. At the age of 24, she had not survived a forced landing of her P-38 airplane.

Airplanes and those who flew them have held a fascination for me since childhood. My first flight was in an airplane flown by one of Del Rae’s uncles. I earned my private pilot certificate in the summer of 1966. In 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight, I bought an airplane. It is a 1969 Piper Cherokee 180. I flew it in the 2007 Air Race Classic from Oklahoma City east, up to Maine, and on into St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. I hope to fly that Race at least one more time in my lifetime.

Most of my volunteer time these days is spent in getting young people to think about having a vision of character and career and encouraging them to make those visions a reality. Evelyn Sharp’s life story is a perfect platform for this. Like her, I try to make a difference in the lives of young people.

School Story:

I have great memories of being in the South Sioux High School Marching Band. I loved the trips to Lincoln for Band Day! I remember driving in to the high school before the crack of dawn, packing all the instruments and uniforms in the yellow school buses, and the shouts of excitement amid feelings of relief when we finally saw the State Capitol Building. I have never forgotten the sense of wonderment when our band turned onto “O” Street for the march through downtown Lincoln. The trombones were the first line, and I thought it was the widest street I had ever seen. Those were the days when the bands were allowed to march onto the football field at Memorial Stadium. The University of Nebraska Band led us in performance, and it is still a very emotional experience for me when I hear them play, “Hail Varsity.”

Planning for this reunion has given me pause to reflect upon the experiences and associations which speak to the person I am today. Though not without disappointments, life has been good. I am who I am today, in part, because of my roots in Dakota County, Nebraska. I am grateful for that.

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Jan 28, 2020 at 11:53 PM

Happy Birthday, Richard. I hope you have a nice birthday. Looking forward to your help with the reunion.

Jan 11, 2020 at 3:21 PM

Hi, Ruth. I hope you have a nice birthday.

Dec 18, 2019 at 12:44 AM

Hi, Marilyn. I hope you have a nice birthday!

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Posted on: Nov 18, 2019 at 11:52 PM

Good morning, Marilyn. Did you see where Ken Kasparek (sp) died? Obituary in Lincoln Journal Star.

Nov 17, 2019 at 7:50 PM

Hi, Jerry. That was really nice what you wrote about Bill. I am sorry you lost
a good friend. I remember talking with him about his bicycles when I was doing
one of our reunions. I didn’t know him in high school. I hope you have a good

Nov 16, 2019 at 11:34 AM

Hi, Neal. Hope you have a good day on your

Oct 19, 2019 at 10:12 AM

Hi, Judy. I hope you will have a nice birthday.

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Posted on: Oct 19, 2019 at 10:09 AM

Happy birthday, Jim. I hope your day is good! I reflected on your comments you wrote when Ronnie died. I can still picture Mom, my sister and I “trading” at the Corner Store. Think farmers used that term because some “traded” farm products for grocery store products.

Oct 14, 2019 at 4:15 PM

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Hope you have a good day, Gloria. Happy Birthday!

Sep 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Happy Birthday, Wally. I hope you have a good birthday!

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Hi, Karen. Hope you have a good birthday.

Aug 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Hi, DelRae. I hope you have a good birthday.

Aug 22, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. Hope the day was good!

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Hi,Carl. Hope you are having a good birthday today.

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Hi, Krishna. I wish you a very nice birthday.

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Hi, Jim. I hope you have a nice birthday.

Jul 13, 2019 at 10:48 AM

Happy birthday, Mary Ann. Hope you have
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Jul 13, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Happy belated birthday, Bob. Hope your day was good!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Joshua, Steve, Christine Bartels
Kaye, Sydnee, Chris, Izaac Eiland
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Joshua's Christmas Gift to Grandma Diane
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Sydnee and Izaac at Wyuka Memorial Day Event.